In the face of an unprecedented global pandemic, we are all concerned about taking steps to increase our chances of avoiding illness and staying healthy. No magic bullet exists, of course, and it’s important to point out that the best way to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus is to limit contact with others through social distancing. That said, experts believe that regular exercise can help strengthen the immune system, potentially fortifying our defenses in the face of an increasingly serious threat to our collective health and well-being.
The Connection Between Exercise and the Immune System
In a May, 2019 study published by The Journal of Sport and Health Science, researchers from Appalachian State University presented evidence to support “a clear inverse relationship between moderate exercise and illness risk” as well as the ability of habitual exercise to improve immune regulation. A number of other studies have pointed out a connection between lifelong exercise and a healthy immune system, and the long-term health benefits of regular fitness have long been established by medical professionals.
Getting Fit Five Minutes at a Time
If you don’t already have a regular exercise routine in place, this may seem like a daunting time to set one up. Gyms across the country are closing temporarily and it’s hardly the best moment to run out to your local sporting goods store to stock up on equipment. Luckily, it’s easier than you may think to start implementing exercise into your daily life right away.
The Activ5 portable strength training device offers a series of personalized 5-minute workouts that you can easily complete without leaving home. All you need to get started is the Acitv5 device and a smartphone or tablet. The Activ5 app will guide you through the set-up process and let you choose from hundreds of simple exercises and workouts focused on specific muscle groups. Here are a few easy workouts to get you started:
Standing Zen Chest Press
Hold Activ5 between both hands in prayer position with your elbows out, bent at 90 degrees
Lift your hands so your palms are just above eye level
Press Activ5 with both palms by squeezing your chest muscles
Keep your feet firmly on the ground
Begin on your elbows and knees
Place Activ5 underneath both palms
Straighten your legs, keeping them hip-width apart
Keep your back straight
Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your feet
Press Activ5 as you squeeze your core muscles
While seated, place Activ5 sideways between both heels
Straighten back and pull shoulders back
Press Activ5 with both feels as you squeeze your outer thighs
Be sure to keep your toes on the ground